Board of Advisors

Arsha CazazianArsha Cazazian

Arsha is the Director of Vocon’s New York City office. Vocon is one of the largest architecture and design firms in the US and one of the top 50 firms internationally. Arsha is responsible for overall business and professional development, community outreach, business operations and mentorship of Vocon Staff. She is an out-of-the box thinker and often tasked with the role of chief people person to solve traditional problems in untraditional ways. Prior to joining Vocon, Arsha was the Director of Planning and Design at the CNY Group, a NYC based Construction Management and Development Firm. She also co-founded DIA | WRKS, a diverse, full service design firm, providing design and Consulting services to clients in the residential, commercial and institutional sectors. Notable clients include Showtime, CBS, The Harvard Club of NY, NYIT School of Architecture and Mission to the United Nations for the OIC. Arsha was a lecturer at the high school for Economics and Finance for Sanford Weill Institute, panel critic for various Architecture + Design schools, and Associate professor at New York Institute of Technology School of Architecture. Arsha Cazazian received her master of architecture degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Preservation and Planning. She holds undergraduate degrees from both the Fashion Institute Technology and Hunter College in New York. Arsha is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Women in Architecture and WBE certified in the city of New York.

Antoine Hobeika Antoine Hobeika, Ph. D.

Dr. Antoine Hobeika is a recognized expert in the transportation profession and was a Professor of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech University for more than 40 years. His areas of interest are Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), transportation planning and economics, transportation emergency management, and airport planning.

He has been involved in ITS since its inception as IVHS (intelligent vehicle highway systems). He was the principal investigator of the “ITS Research Center of Excellence” at Virginia Tech, one of three funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). He was responsible for creating the “Smart Road” test bed at Virginia Tech, a $37 million dollar 2-mile road established for testing and evaluating new transportation technologies.

Dr. Hobeika has published more than 144 papers in journals and scientific manuscripts and submitted more than 60 formal reports to various government agencies and private organizations. He has been a chairman or member of eight scientific and professional societies, including the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the Transportation Research Board, and ITS America, where he was named a Distinguished University Fellow in 1992. He was appointed by the Governor of Virginia as Judge on the Peer Panel for the Governor’s Energy Awards Program and appointed to the Highway Revenues Review Committee by the Virginia Secretary of Transportation.

Bob Solarz

Robert Solarz, P.E.

Robert Solarz, P.E. is the Executive Director of Delaware Valley Trusts, located in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Bob earned a master of business administration degree from Temple University and a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Drexel University. Prior to this position, Bob held executive level positions solving engineering, business and human resource problems and addressing the many challenges a complex business environment has to offer. He was honored to receive an American Concrete Institute Award of Merit for construction management and a Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for an alternate fuel (methane) power production facility. As a co-author with Karen Jehanian, P.E., Bob presented an article: “Balancing Mobility Needs and Community Issues Using Traffic Calming Techniques” at the ITE Annual Meeting in August 2000. He serves on the Advisory Council for Pearl S. Buck International and previously served as member of the Northampton Township Planning Commission.